The rugby community farewelled two local legends last week.
Friends, family and the Pukekohe Rugby Club farewelled a club stalwart, Kelvin Littin, who passed away last weekend. Kelvin’s funeral was held on Wednesday 15 February at the Pukekohe Indian Hall. Kelvin was a loyal and active member of the Pukekohe senior and junior rugby clubs. Mark Needham, Senior President for Pukekohe Rugby Club said Kelvin was a legend of the club.
“While the legend is gone, his legacy will live on.” Kelvin coached all levels of rugby, played more than 100 games for the club, and was a life member. Pukekohe Rugby President Dale Tucker said Kelvin would be sorely missed.
“He was an amazing man who has done so much for the club.”
John Nicholson, a man who can only be described as a stalwart in the Onewhero rugby community, was farewelled on Friday at the Pukekohe Indian Hall. The turn out was a a true testament to just how much time he invested into the community, as over 800 people packed the large hall to capacity.
John had a passion for rugby. After taking that first step onto the Onewhero field as a young player, John continued on to become Treasurer 1969 to 1976, President 1978 to 1979, became a Life Member in 1992 and had been the Patron since 2004.
Within the Counties Rugby Union, he has been Manager in 1975 to 1978, Delegate which he co-shared with George Bell in 1974 and independently from 1975 to 1978. John later became President in 1997 and held that position until 1998.
In September last year, he was awarded the Lions Clubs International Foundation’s highest form of recognition, the Melvin Jones Fellowship. The honour was given to John to acknowledge his dedication to humanitarian service and to the Lions Clubs International Foundation.The former President will ‘be dearly missed.’
“He just didn’t give up. There was many a time that I had to call him after 8.30pm and John would still be out in the paddock on his tractor. He was one of the good ones, we are really going to miss him,” said Tuakau Lions Member, Warwick Martin.